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- proper n. Originally the branch of government that produced maps for the military, now a civilian organisation that produces maps worldwide.
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- n. the official survey of Great Britain and Ireland, conducted by the ordnance department.
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- n. the official cartography agency of the British government
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This in itself was an admission of failure, that I did not hold the details of the Ordnance Survey for my own district firmly to mind, but he did not comment.
Kill-Fine was supposed by Father Shearman to be the same as Killeen Cormac, a remarkable old churchyard, three miles south-west of Dunlavin, but more probably situated in the parish of Glendalough, in the townland which the Ordnance Survey has named Lara-West, but which is still called Killfinn by the people.
The Ordnance Survey map of St Briavel’s Common looks very like the newtake’ land around villages like Chagford and Throw-leigh on the north-eastern fringe of Dartmoor: land reclaimed in the past by small farmers and commoners an acre or less at a time from the open moor and enclosed, so the farms grow by cell division.